Red States

March 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

  A playful series on serious topics. Any resemblance to current politics is wholly intentional. 
How Do I Know (This Tulip Is Red?)How Do I Know (This Tulip Is Red?)

RED STATES began with my reading of Josef Albers’ book, Interaction of Color, which demonstrates that the so-called evidence of our senses is often no evidence at all.

 

#1 How Do I Know (This Tulip Is Red?)

 

 

Better Red (Than a Better Red)Better Red (Than a Better Red) “Color,” says Albers, who chaired the Department of Design at Yale, “deceives continually.” So does Photoshop. Translating perceptions into words and images— or print protocols— is no slam dunk.

 

#2 Better Red or A Better Red?

 

 

Really White (or a Sense of Whiteness?)Really White (or a Sense of Whiteness?)

Physicists, mathematicians, and philosophers have long marveled at the brain’s ability to fool itself. Some of them— Sir Isaac Newton, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein— make appearances here.

 

#3 A Sense of Whiteness or Really white?

 

 

Filtration: The Philosopher's StoneFiltration: The Philosopher's Stone

Using all kinds of language —visual, symbolic, numeric— they tried to show how we orient ourselves within a sea of random data. And how we signal our position to others. 

 

 

#4 Filtration 

 

Believing is SeeingBelieving is Seeing Their results were not always encouraging.
Newton once wrote "I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people."

 

#5 Believing is Seeing       See photos larger at Red States gallery 


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